On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:14:11 -0400, Marius Hancu
Post by Marius Hancu
[Mr Henchy on King Edward and Queen Victoria.]
Now, here's the way I look at it. Here's this chap come to the throne
after his old mother keeping him out of it till the man was grey.
James Joyce, Dubliners (Ivy Day In The Committee Room)
"after his old mother keeping him": is this Standard English, or only
It isn't formal, but I'd say that it is a form of Standard English.
The relevant phrase is "after his old mother keeping him out of it",
where "it" is the throne.
The idea presented by "after his old mother keeping him out of it" is
the semi-jocular idea that she deliberately prevented him from becoming
King by choosing not to die. In fact she just lived a long time.
Peter Duncanson, UK